Published On: Wed, Sep 10th, 2014 on 12:51 pm

Robot surgery performed at the Bradford Royal Infirmary

Bradford Royal Infirmary Robot Surgery

Surgeon Sanjai Addla with the £2million Da Vinci robot

Surgeons from across northern England have gathered at the Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI) to watch live and innovative robotic surgery.

Performed by internationally renowned Belgium Professor Alex Mottrie, urological experts from seven hospitals including Leeds and Manchester will watch the operation procedure from their seats in the hospital’s Sovereign Lecture Theatre.

The event is being held to celebrate a meeting of North of England Robotic Urological Surgeons who will meet twice a year to share good practice and increase collaboration on research and innovation between the region’s robotic centres of excellence.

Consultant urological surgeon, Mr Sanjai Addla, who hosted the event, said: “Robot-assisted surgery is increasingly used in intricate surgery and Professor Mottrie, who is an internationally renowned urological robotic surgeon, performed a radical prostatectomy (removal of the prostate) on a patient with locally-advanced prostate cancer.

“We, as surgeons, were able to pick up new techniques by watching him perform at close hand, which means we can then bring them back to our own hospitals and improve the service that we offer patients even more.”

With robot-assisted surgery, the surgeon sits at a nearby console with a 3D view of the surgical site.

Computer technology translates hand movements into precise manoeuvres of the instruments. If the surgeon’s hand develops a tremor, the computer system knows to ignore it.

The BRI is the only centre in Yorkshire to offer this procedure to cancer patients needing kidney tumours removed.

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  1. Adam says:

    Next thing you’ll see is a robot operating on a human without someone controlling it. Then that’s when the Terminators rise.

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